Shelley Thorstensen has expertise in all printmaking techniques. She is a fount of technical knowledge when it comes to color. She is a master of not only transmitting that knowledge, but of recognizing her student’s strengths and artistic direction. Her work is part deep personal archive, part printmaking evangelism, woven together in fabric of color, metaphor and commentary.
Art critic Edward Sozanski wrote of her work “The ease with which she combines these processes and exploits their individual strengths gives her prints uncommon presence and, more often than not, transcendent beauty.” Upcoming solo shows include College of the Sequoias, Visalia CA (March 6 – April 6) and The Delaware Contemporary Museum (October 2018). Recent solo shows include As Above, Union Art Gallery, Wagner College Gallery, Staten Island (2016) and Field Study: The Scheme of Things Anderson Print Gallery, University of the Arts, Philadelphia (2015).
Shelley currently teaches in the graduate programs at UArts. Her work can be seen at Dolan/Maxwell and is collected across the US, Europe, and Japan. She is a past president of the Society of American Graphic Artists (SAGA).